Occupational Therapy (OT), helps people regain, develop and build skills that are important for independent living, health and happiness. Fibromyalgia sufferers can experience physical, emotional, or other challenges that prevent them from living the life they once led. Occupational therapy should help you maximize function through strengthening activities, retraining cognitive and visual-perceptual skills and helping prevent misalignment of the vertebrae. If you have had a back injury, ergonomics encourages the use of proper equipment and lifting techniques.
You can derive much satisfaction and a sense of being in charge of your own life from adapting your home environment. In addition to taking advice from your hospital's physiotherapist, ask your family doctor for referral to an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists will be able to recommend ways of doing things and gadgets that can help. The therapist will also help you with any problems associated with managing your life at home. This may be in the form of reorganizing your furniture, how you store common objects that you use every day, or gadgets to make certain tasks easier.
An occupational therapy program is customized for the patient by combining an evaluation of medical history, environmental issues and personal goals. Therapy includes solutions for pain due to repetitive movements in the work place or elsewhere. Occupational therapy can help you discover what job or home activities could be increasing your neck, back, or arm pain. Your therapist can watch you at work and make specific recommendations for reducing the strain on your body and provide specific therapy and exercises to help improve range of motion and reduce pain.
Occupational therapists can have long term/short term, full time/part time, temporary/permanent positions. Travel occupational therapists enjoy some of the best perks in the field like paid housing, full benefits and bonus opportunities. In short, occupational therapists brighten the lives of patients who are emotionally, physically and mentally impaired. In addition, they also address an individual's psychological, social and environmental factors. Occupational therapists have to supervise the patient's activities, record progress and document billing. By doing so, an occupational therapist can gain valuable clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings.